Peter Craven
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Theatre April 18, 2015

Miriam Margolyes’s cast of character

The astonishing Miriam Margolyes is wasted in the greatest hits show The Importance of Being Miriam.

Theatre March 07, 2015

Jane Turner helps lift MTC’s Jumpy off the ground

Led by Jane Turner, the women in Jumpy make a mockery of those who turn their noses up at simply being entertained.

Theatre January 31, 2015

Strictly Ballroom a dream half realised

Baz Luhrmann's film-turned-stage-musical may be a little out of step, but it hits some high notes.

Theatre December 13, 2014

Benedict Andrews’ big screen A Streetcar Named Desire.

In Benedict Andrews’ A Streetcar Named Desire, filmed for cinema, Gillian Anderson delivers a lustrous Blanche DuBois.

Theatre November 08, 2014

Stage version of Once hits the right notes

An intimate musical on a grand stage, Once cleverly entwines its songs and story by telling a tale of people with music in the blood.

Theatre October 11, 2014

David Suchet’s Last Confession

Most famous as TV's moustachioed sleuth, David Suchet’s onstage role as a cardinal is cashing in on his mass appeal.

Theatre September 06, 2014

The Sublime explores dark matter

Brendan Cowell’s MTC play about the horrifying world of footballers and sexual abuse is a Jacobean triumph.

Culture August 02, 2014

Is there anything writer, actor and director Wayne Blair can’t do?

He’s worked with Oscar winners, directed a hit film and now brings to life the story of a revered Indigenous Australian.

Theatre July 26, 2014

Missing Bisley takes shine off MTC’s Glengarry Glen Ross

Mamet’s monster of a play is given a mousy rendition, save for its star.